NEW ZEALAND - MIGRATION
New Zealand is one of the traditional immigration countries as it provides wide ranging professional and private employment opportunities, a Euro-Asian-Pacific life style, a temperate climate and of course breathtaking landscapes.
New Zealand aims to grant residence to people who have skills, experience and relevant job offers to fill employment opportunities that the New Zealand government has identified as necessary for growth. New Zealand wants people migrating to settle in New Zealand, feeling they are welcomed and are able to make a positive contribution.
In the recent years New Zealand has attracted an increasingly large number of immigration applicants and has become a much sought after destination among professionals and businessmen. The flow of people into this country is regulated in terms of those who will benefit the country as well as those in need of a new homeland. Immigration law is a constantly changing due to the economic and social demands of the country. Therefore, it can be a mine field for the inexperienced migrant. It is recommended that immigrants use the services of an immigration consultant in order to minimize the chances of rejection of their application and to ensure a smooth transition to a new homeland. New Zealand offers unparalleled quality of living. It has an excellent education and healthcare system, with state-of-the-art communication systems and an easy, safe and efficient transportation system. Increasingly, New Zealand is being recognized by the rest of the world as an ideal place to live, work and to raise a family.
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The 'Skilled Migrant' immigration category ensures that both New Zealand and new migrants can experience positive social, cultural and economic outcomes of living and working together. Every year migrants from all over the world make New Zealand their new home.
New Zealand Immigration:
Like all Governments around the world, the New Zealand Government operates an immigration policy to achieve social and economic goals through the temporary and permanent movement of people and skills. Nowadays, the New Zealand Government is focusing more on migrants who can demonstrate they will quickly add economic value to New Zealand although there is also a focus on allowing entry to those who will enhance the creative industries that occur in New Zealand.
Essentially, New Zealand grants permanent residence visas under four main streams:
- Skilled Migrant Category
- Refugee Family Quota
>> Skilled Migrant Category
The Skilled Migrant Category is designed to match the skills that migrants bring, with the skills New Zealand needs. Specifically New Zealand is looking to build its capacity. New Zealand is looking for people with skills that will help the Country achieve sustainable growth and feed innovation in New Zealand. New Zealand is looking for people who will build global connections and at the same time enrich the communities in which they live.
Applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category involves you submitting an Expression of Interest in applying for residence. In this Expression of Interest you determine the points you may claim as skilled migrant. To be considered under this category you need to be of good health, good character, have a reasonable standard of English and be under 56 years of age. You will also need to meet the threshold of 100 points to register an Expression of Interest.
The points system is designed to allow Expressions of Interest to be ranked so that New Zealand can extend invitations to apply for residence to people who have the most to offer New Zealand. Points are available for skilled employment in New Zealand, work experience, qualifications and age. Bonus points are available for employment in areas of identified future growth or absolute skills shortage or within identified clusters. Bonus points are also available for employment outside Auckland and for New Zealand qualifications gained in New Zealand over at least two years.
Expressions of Interest that meet the prerequisites and the minimum points score go into the Expression of Interest Pool, where they are ranked from highest to lowest according to their point scores. The government then makes regular selections of the highest ranked Expressions of Interest from the Pool.
>> Family Category
The objective of Family Category Policy is to strengthen families and communities, while reinforcing the Government's overall objectives in immigration policy.
The Family Category is available to you if you:
- Are in a genuine and stable relationship (either legally married or in an interdependent partnership akin to a marriage, whether heterosexual or same sex) with a New Zealand citizen or resident who sponsors their application; or
- Have immediate family members who are New Zealand citizens or residents and who live permanently in New Zealand, or
- Are the dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residents.
The Family Quota Category is available to those applicants:
- who are not eligible for residence under any other category of residence policy; and
- who are sponsored by a family member who is a New Zealand citizen or resident living permanently in New Zealand; and
- Whose sponsor's registration is drawn from the pool of people who have registered as sponsors under the Family Quota Category.
The Quota size is announced each year.
>> Business Categories
The objective of the business immigration policy is to attract migrants who will contribute to economic growth through:
- increasing New Zealand's level of human capital; and
- encouraging enterprise and innovation; and
- Fostering external links.
There are currently four business categories available:
- Investor Category: It is a point’s based system. This means you score points based on a number of factors such as age, business experience and investment funds. Your application will only be successful if you score sufficient points to meet the pass mark.
- Entrepreneur Category:You may apply under the Entrepreneur Category if you have successfully established a business in New Zealand for a period of at least two years.
- Long Term Business Visa/Permit:You may apply for a Long Term Business Visa/Permit if you are interested in applying for residence under the Entrepreneur Category. You may also apply under this category if you are interested in establishing a business in New Zealand but do not wish to live permanently in New Zealand. This is not a residence policy. You will be granted a work visa or permit for up to three years if your application is successful.
- Employees of Relocating Businesses:You may apply under the Employees of Relocating Businesses category if you are a key employee of a business relocating to New Zealand. This category is set up to assist the promotion of New Zealand as a place in which to invest and locate business, by facilitating the granting of residence to employees of businesses relocating to New Zealand.
>> Refugee Family Quota Category
The Refugee Family Quota Category is available to those applicants:
- who are not eligible for residence under any other category of residence policy with the exception of the Family Quota Category; and
- who are sponsored by a family member who was granted New Zealand residence on the basis of their status as a refugee and is living permanently in New Zealand; and
- Whose sponsor's registration is drawn from the pool of people who have registered as sponsors under the Refugee Family Quota Category.